The new, significantly reduced timetable of NS for the coming year will cause unnecessary inconvenience to travelers. Consumer organizations complained about this in a formal advice to the NS management on Wednesday . According to them, the transport company can do much more to solve the problems. NS announced in August that under the new timetable, which will take effect in December, 10 percent fewer trains will run. The cause, according to the carrier, is the staff shortage. The consumer organisations, which work together in Locov, have now officially responded to the plans with serious advice. According to Locov, significantly more travelers are affected than the 10 percent less travel options suggest. “On some routes and times of the week, the number of trains has even been halved. This is a huge reduction in the offer. As a result, many travelers have to deal with extra travel time, extra waiting time and the chance of full trains increases. We therefore regret that you are making this proposal.” Also read the analysis: The problems on the track are far from over Locov is an advisory body set up by the Ministry of Infrastructure, in which Rover, ANWB and Fietsersbond, among others, participate. The NS can only set aside Locov’s advice with reasons. The Ministry of Infrastructure, which grants NS the concession , reads along. The organizations throw a lot of blame at NS. For example, the timetable would not be smart; the existing timetable has been cut, rather than a new timetable designed. As a result, connections with buses are disrupted and a disproportionate number of trains do not run during certain periods, according to the lobby clubs. Locov advises NS to re-establish the timetable. The deployment of office staff should be looked at and unnecessary coupling and uncoupling of trainsets should be stopped. Consideration should also be given to driving without conductors and working with mobile control teams, just like in the metro and with local carriers. Not detected in time Locov accuses NS of not having identified its personnel problem in time. The railway company indicates that it has taken into account a high outflow of personnel due to retirement, but that the shortage on the labor market and absenteeism among NS employees are greater than estimated. At the same time, the timetable has been expanded in recent years, requiring more staff. According to the consumer organisations, NS has recruited too few employees, given the aging population and predicted growth. Lovoc finds it remarkable that the personnel problem has not been discussed before. When at the beginning of this year there were still more high-frequency trains (every ten minutes), NS did not say that these plans might not be feasible. The consumer organizations find it culpable that NS is only now recognizing this problem, “and therefore has to take measures that have a huge negative impact on the passenger”. An NS spokesperson has informed ANP news agency that the company would do “nothing better” than to run the original timetable, but that high work pressure and shortages on the labor market force a reduction in the number of trains. He therefore does not agree with the criticism from consumer organizations that NS chooses this too easily. “This is the hardest thing we can do and the last thing we want to do.”